Thursday, July 26, 2012

KTAL ADDS New Reporters to Roster

A tipster informed ATN, KTAL hires two new reporters.  Elbony Wilcott and Alese Underwood joined the team this week. Both seem to be good additions to that team. 

From what I can gather from the web, Alese comes to Shreveport from the Nexstar station WJET, the FOX affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania.  

 Elbony Wilcott, if my information is correct, use to work at KSLA in Shreveport. 

42 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish them well.

 
At 1:34 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to this blog, Wilcott quit KSLA without notice in may of 2007.

 
At 2:06 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drove by channel 6 last night and something was going on outside. Tents and lots of people. Was that for Olympics? I didnt watch today to see if they'd mention it.

 
At 2:21 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They had an Olympics premiere party.

 
At 2:29 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The party was also to show off all the improvements. New set, new news room, new control room ect...

 
At 2:37 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope these new reporters do well at KTAL. Maybe they will actually stick around for a while.

 
At 6:32 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way KTAL just cut off NIck in mid-sentnce to air an end 60 break in the 6:00. Nice to see news being over sold again. Guess they need to make everything they can for the next two weeks during the Olympics.

 
At 6:40 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I saw that myself. Very sloppy.

Some please tell Michelle the name of bridge she was referring to is NOT London Bridge. It is Tower Bridge which is in front of the Tower of London.

 
At 8:29 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

London Bridge depends on who you talk to. The "original" was sold to an Arizona land developer in Lake Havasu City, AZ. It was dismantled and shipped piece-by-piece and reassembled in Arizona in the early 70's. The Tower Bridges are often mistaken for London Bridge as are other bridges. But hey... nobody really cares anymore I suppose, certainly not today's "journalists".

 
At 9:37 PM, July 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right. Lets not do our job and check our facts first. Lets just report incorrect information. Just a simple Google or Wikipedia search and solve all that.

Yeah, I know about the original London Bridge in Lake Havasu City AZ. I saw it and had my picture taken on it back in the early 80's.

 
At 9:09 AM, July 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope these new reporters are much better then what KTAL normally hires. I saw Elbony reporting the other day but I do not remember here on KSLA. Was she there very long?

 
At 10:52 AM, July 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless they're promoted to an anchor position, why would they stay any longer than two years contract. Young reporters don't last in this market because they get their experience and move up until they get to their desired position or market. I would question it if a young reporter remained in this market more then two years without a promotion, especially since all the stations are MMJ's now.

 
At 11:28 AM, July 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:37 PM:
As you probably know, so-called "news anchors" are really little more than meat-puppets in front of the camera who basically read whatever is on the prompter. From what I gather, they do very little real journalism as their function is to read without stumbling and sound half-way articulate while reading whatever some editorial assistant (read: low-paid producer) writes for the feed.

 
At 7:37 PM, July 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Chris has moved over to KPXJ. Has Mark hired his replacement as GSM?

 
At 11:37 AM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alese is hot redhead! Love her! Hopefully she sticks around for a while.

 
At 2:26 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What other changes does KTAL have in store? These new repoters seem to be alright and very easy to look at.

 
At 3:01 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunno but if KTAL keeps improving things, KSLA & KTBS could see a dip in their ratings/shares come next November.

 
At 5:13 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no doubt about that 3:01 PM. They just need to keep working on better on-air talent, and promos.

 
At 10:40 AM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTAL seems to still have audio issues. Whenever they run a local 6pm news promo in the network break, the audio goes to crap. The music bed is too damn loud and Nick or MeeShell's voice is muted. What's the deal KTAL? Someone in MCO needs their hearing tested?

 
At 1:07 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:40 PM You are right about that audio problem on some of their promos. I have seen, or should I say heard that myself. Thats not the MCO's fault. It's the promotions department in Shreveport's fault. KTAL produces those promos in Shreveport then transfer them in to they lineup in Little Rock as is.

 
At 6:40 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest KTAL's promos have never been that great to begin with. They run the same ones over and over. Maybe they should consider replacing everyone in promotions or consolidate that department to the hub.

 
At 6:44 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't understand why they can't get the audio issue fixed. This has been an ongoing problem with KTAL. The local promos inserted in the NBC Network News block have always had audio issues. Does the GM or ND watch these? At my station, they'd be raising some serious holy hell about this and it would be addressed.

 
At 8:28 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evidently Mark and Chris don't watch or care. If they did it would not continue to happen every day.

 
At 11:06 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 6:44 PM
The audio problem in the 6:00 PM news cut-ins durning NBC Nightly News is productions fault. They slap the cut-ins together then transfer them directly to Little Rock. The audio levels check out here, but the problem seems to occur during the transfer process between Shreveport and Little Rock.

 
At 11:59 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep...those Auto Gain Limiters & Auto Compression settings. They "Oughta" work but they seldom do. Keep things from peaking but as for the mix, that's another story!

 
At 12:26 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does KTAL have any numbers on the Olympics yet? NBC's coverage sucks so I'm watching it live online.

 
At 12:46 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think KTAL / Nexstar "subscribes" to ratings as they've been in last place for so long. Maybe in a year or two they might pay for the privilege of saying: "We're closing the GAP!"
NBC Network is another story. You may google it and see if there are any preliminary reports.

 
At 4:37 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more Elbony. After just two plus weeks, she is already leaving. Not sure why...

 
At 5:34 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, two weeks in and Elbony's had enough already? What you all doing over there?

 
At 7:16 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably asked her to change her name? Can U say: Lane Lucky?
Just a guess.

 
At 8:10 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think she's got a higher paying gig. Only One more week until another reporter leaves. An anchor is on his or her way out the door as well.

 
At 8:15 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh really, who else is leaving?

 
At 3:54 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to KTAL in Texarkana? Have not been in the area for awhile but looks like their studios have moved.

 
At 3:55 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, do tell. Is that other new reporter leaving already to? Is Michelle or the weekend anchor who is leaving?

 
At 4:12 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 3:54 PM

KTAL moved the Texarkana bureau to the current Richmond Road location about 3 or 4 years ago. Prior to that they were in Central Mall for several years.

 
At 4:29 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops, scratch that 3:54. I meant to say Summerhill Road, not Richmond Road. Think I'll skip happy hour.

 
At 4:44 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they actually utilize the studios in texarkana? or is it just letters on a building.

 
At 4:49 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just letters on a building.

 
At 4:50 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that used to be the old KCMC bldg. back in the 1970's.

 
At 4:52 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian uses it for his production work, but it's mostly its just sales people. That's it.

 
At 7:18 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:10 PM What is this about more people leaving? Who is leaving and are they leaving willingly?

 
At 6:16 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened Sunday night during the late news? I turned it on and all I saw was a freeze frame of the 7 day forecast with no audio. Did the weather last night blow you out?

 

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